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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Sustainability on “Transforming Development and Disaster Risk”

A special issue of the journal Sustainability is calling for relevant and innovative research papers on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk, to be submitted by 31 December 2017. More information can be found on the submission webpage, here.

Special Issue Information

This Special Issue focuses on the complex relationships between development and disaster risk. Development and disaster risk are closely linked as the people and assets exposed to risk, as well as their vulnerability and capacity, are largely determined by developmental processes. Transformation is key to moving away from current development patterns that increase, create or unfairly distribute risks, to forms of development that are equitable and resilient. The search for transformative pathways is ongoing and may, for example, look to expose trade-offs in development policy, or prioritize equity and social justice for marginalized communities and groups in approaches to vulnerability reduction. Increasingly, transformative governance is seen as a vehicle through which these goals can be achieved, yet significant challenges remain if entrenched interests, unequal relations of power, and established ways of knowing and working are to be overturned. Articles submitted to this special issue should contribute case studies of and/or aim to enhance theoretical understanding of where and how transformations can occur in the development-disaster risk system; which types of transformations have the potential to significantly reduce disaster risk and contribute to sustainable development, and how they may be achieved in practice, at different scales. Ultimately, the insights from this Special Issue will deepen understanding of transformation, informing decision-making processes and exposing the actions that are required for a substantial and equitable reduction of disaster impacts.


  • Sustainable development
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Transformation
  • Resilience
  • Trade-offs
  • Social justice

Dr. Jonathan E. Ensor Dr. Frank Thomalla Guest Editors

SEI Initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk

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